If you haven't read the transcript of Peter Baker's interview with the president, you really should. Money quote:
Something that I have learned over the last couple of years is that I have to make decisions based on the long view. And I have to suppress my own desire for a short-term fix if I’m going to be able to lead the country effectively over the long term... I will keep on making that case, and I think that to point to quote my vice president I believe that voters are going to stop comparing me to the Almighty and compare me to the alternative.
We're lucky to have him.